5 Common Injuries to Avoid this Holiday Season

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Holiday season is upon us, that time of year when things get super busy—at least they will be here at AlterG. Office parties, white elephant celebrations…super fun AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill dance contests.

Okay maybe not that crazy.

This year, we’re all about keeping the festivities safe and injury-free. Why? Because none of us can forget the time our fellow employee—who shall remain NAMELESS—took a stumble while trying to bring a Christmas tree up to the second floor of their home. Read More »

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Suffering from Lower Back Pain? Unloading Could Be the Cure!

Back view of athletic young woman in sportswear touching her neck and lower back muscles by painful injury, over a nature background. Sport injuries concept.

Quick quiz, hotshots: name the second most common cause of disability among American adults. Obesity? Nope. Old age, you say? That’s not it, either.

Did you guess lower back pain?

If so, a gold star for you, kind reader. Hopefully, though, you’re not among the many sufferers of this often-debilitating condition. Aside from being the cause of some 149 million missed workdays a year—and costing the U.S. economy $100-200 billion annually—lower back pain can significantly impact a person’s ability to lead a normal, pain-free life. Even the most basic movements can be limited, saying nothing of some of the more intense exercises and activities many people know and love. Read More »

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Zach Miller’s Road to Recovery After Multi-Ligament Knee Injury

Glowing image of transparent human form, showing bones and muscles, and highlighting radiating knee pain

Even if you haven’t seen the clip, just hearing about Zach Miller’s recent knee injury during the Chicago Bears’ 20-12 loss to the New Orleans Saints is pretty gruesome. Dislocated knee. Multiple ligament damage. Severed popliteal artery. The injury was so severe it required immediate emergency surgery to revascularize Miller’s left leg with a saphenous vein graft.

There were whispers that he might lose the leg altogether.

What’s even more stunning about this injury is how it happened: Miller dislocated his knee during a non-contact play. In fact, he was in the process of catching a touchdown (which was later overturned) and simply appeared to step wrong.

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6 Exercises to Get Ready for Ski and Snowboard Season

 

Two skiiers, in colorful gear, ski down the mountain on a sunny dayCan you feel it? That cool whisper creeping into the air? Shorter days. Colder temperatures.

Like it or not, winter is coming, and we’re not talking Game of Thrones. We’re talking ski and snowboard season up on the mountain, that joyous time of year where the promise of a bluebird day draws eager riders to high-altitude resorts around the country. Vale. Tahoe. Brian’s Head. Mammoth Lakes.

They’re vast, they’re beastly, and to tackle them safely this coming ski season, you’ll need to make sure your body is ready, no matter your preferred manner of chasing freshies.

Why do you need to prepare your body? Easy. A lack of conditioning leads to fatigue, fatigue leads to mistakes, and mistakes lead to injuries. Falls, unexpected tumbles, and collisions present a real danger, no matter your skill level.  Read More »

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Get Out of Thine Office and Walk! 4 Tips for Incorporating More Walking into Your Daily Schedule

Take a moment and ask yourself a simple question:

How many hours, per day, do I spend sitting?

If you’re like most Americans, the answer to that question might be a sobering one. According to a recent study by National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA), American adults receive a “C” grade for adult walking behavior. Of the adults surveyed, only some 69% reported walking at least once for ten minutes in the week preceding.

Oof.
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Defy Gravity with the All-New Via Anti-Gravity Treadmill®

Sprained ankles, cranky knees—surgery, training, rehab—the list seems to go on and on. Thank goodness for physical therapists! Because no matter if the patient is an athlete, senior citizen, or suffering from a chronic condition, the goal is always the same:

Get back to good as fast as possible.

And we understand that helping clients get better requires a commitment to finding new and innovative ways to rehab. That’s why we put thousands of clinical hours and countless client interviews into our latest gravity-defying physical therapy solution: the Via Anti-Gravity Treadmill® from AlterG®.

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Celebrate #OW2017 With a Focus on Diet and Movement

October 29 marks the beginning of Obesity Week—time to celebrate!

Wait, we’re celebrating?

Yes! Because Obesity Week is the annual gathering of scientists, researchers, and medical professionals committed to improving the way we approach, treat, and overcome obesity. Despite the overwhelming statistics surrounding obesity, this condition can be treated, and physical therapists often play a key role in implementing effective programs that deliver life-changing results.
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Physical Therapy Month 2017: Why You Should Love Your Physical Therapist

We love physical therapy here at AlterG, and that isn’t exactly a secret. We also have a particular soft spot for physical therapists and all that they do. We admire the difference PTs’ make in the world —helping people to recover, improve, strengthen, and excel.

There are so many reasons to love your physical therapist!
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Physical Therapy Jokes? Patella Me More!

Welcome to October, the month we welcome fall, playoff baseball, and all the pumpkin flavors you can imagine. It’s also National Physical Therapy Month, the time of year we celebrate all the ways that physical therapists help shoulder the load around the world.

Get it? Shoulder? Hip hip, hooray!

In the spirit recognizing our PT friends, we’d like to share a few physical therapy jokes we’ve come across throughout the years. PT stuff, you know?

As they say: Laughter is the best medicine.
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Improve Your Gait, Accelerate Recovery

As we mentioned in our previous post, gait—the manner in which you walk or run—can have a significant impact on a person’s mobility, limb health, and recovery time. It’s no wonder, then, that physical therapists often rely on gait analysis to help prevent injury, improve endurance and conditioning, and accelerate recovery.
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